2021 BMW X3 M vs. 2020 Audi SQ5

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Safety

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The X3 M has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The SQ5 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The X3 M’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The SQ5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X3 M and the SQ5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 M for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the SQ5.

There are over 14 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the X3 M’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 20th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The X3 M’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder produces 124 more horsepower (473 vs. 349) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (442 vs. 369) than the SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6. The X3 M Competition’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder produces 154 more horsepower (503 vs. 349) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (469 vs. 369) than the SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the X3 M Competition is faster than the Audi SQ5:

X3 M

SQ5

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117.3 MPH

101.8 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the X3 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the SQ5:

X3 M

SQ5

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

The X3 M stops shorter than the SQ5:

X3 M

SQ5

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

112 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the X3 M has larger standard rear tires than the SQ5 (265/45R20 vs. 255/45R20).

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X3 M’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the SQ5 (112.8 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

The X3 M’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.1% to 49.9%) than the SQ5’s (54.3% to 45.7%). This gives the X3 M more stable handling and braking.

The X3 M Competition handles at .95 G’s, while the SQ5 Prestige pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X3 M Competition executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the SQ5 Prestige (24.2 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the X3 M is .5 inches lower than the SQ5 (18.5” vs. 19”). The X3 M’s rear step up height is 1.2 inches lower than the SQ5’s (18.5” vs. 19.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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The X3 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the SQ5 with its rear seat up (28.7 vs. 25.1 cubic feet). The X3 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the SQ5 with its rear seat folded (62.7 vs. 53.1 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the X3 M easier. The X3 M’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the SQ5’s liftover is 30.5 inches.

Ergonomics

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To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the X3 M has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The SQ5 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The X3 M also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The X3 M’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The SQ5 Prestige’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

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The BMW X3 outsold the Audi Q5/SQ5 by 2,594 units during 2019.

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